Kalac wins top club honour
Former Socceroos keeper Zeljko Kalac has joined his long-time rival Mark Bosnich as a winner of the FIFA Club World Championship, following AC Milan’s 4-2 win over Argentina’s Boca Juniors overnight.
Former Socceroos keeper Zeljko Kalac has joined his long-time rival Mark Bosnich as a winner of the FIFA Club World Championship, following AC Milan-s 4-2 win over Argentina-s Boca Juniors overnight.
Unlike Bosnich though, Kalac had to watch the match from the bench, as regular No.1 Dida stood between the sticks for Milan. Dida-s Brazilian team mate Kaka was the star of the show, scoring one and setting up two goals in the emphatic win.
Harry Kewell was denied his first goal of the season, seeing his shot cleared off the line, as Liverpool troubles at home against Manchester United continued. The Reds lost 1-0, despite dominating play for most of the game, with Kewell playing 65 minutes before being replaced.
Good mates Lucas Neill and Tim Cahill faced off for the second time in four days and it was Cahill who took the honours again. Cahill played a full game and set up the goal for Yakubu, as Everton won 2-0 against Neill-s West Ham. Also in the Premier League, Mark Schwarzer returned from injury and kept a clean sheet, as Middlesbrough won 1-0 at Derby County, Mark Viduka came on in the 77th minute, as Newcastle United also won 1-0 over Fulham; while it wasn-t such a happy weekend for Brett Emerton, who was red carded for a second bookable offence in the 57th minute, as Blackburn Rovers lost 5-3 away at Wigan Athletic.
In the Championship, there was another battle of the Aussies, with Hull City-s Richard Garcia prominent in their 2-0 win over Patrick Kisnorbo-s Leicester City. Both players played full games. David Carney played 66 minutes in Sheffield United-s 1-0 win over Barnsley.
In Scotland, Scott McDonald, for once, didn-t find the back of the net and his team suffered for it, as Celtic let a two-goal lead slip and surprisingly lost 3-2 against Inverness CT. It was a better weekend for Danny Invincibile, who scored in the 27th minute, as Kilmarnock drew 3-3 with Gretna, while Australian U/20 international Ryan McGowan sat on the bench for Hearts in their 2-1 loss at Rangers.
Mark Bresciano came off the bench in the 63rd minute, as Palermo won 3-1 away at Atalanta, while Vince Grella was not in the Torino side that drew 0-0 at home with Roma.
Michael Beauchamp played a full game, while Matt Spiranovic remained on the bench, as FC Nurnberg lost 2-1 away at Schalke 04, to remain close to the relegation zone of the Bundesliga.
In Holland, Luke Wilkshire played a full game, as FC Twente drew 1-1 at home with VVV Venlo and Brett Holman also played a full game, as NEC Nijmegen drew 1-1 away at De Graafschap.
In Turkey, Mile Sterjovski was replaced in the 76th minute, as Genclerbirligi OFTAS lost 2-1 at Denzilspor, while Nick Carle came on as a late substitute, as Genclerbirligi also lost 2-1 at home against Fenerbahce.